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Cop's appeal over 'miserable' payout.

AN UNARMED West Midlands Police officer who was shot while on duty has been offered just pounds 4,400 in compensation, it has been revealed.

PC Geoff King was on plainclothes duty carrying out routine car checks in Wolverhampton when Marcus Bailey unleashed a volley of shots from a powerful Magnum revolver.

The former Royal Marine, now 35, suffered a serious gunshot wound to the shoulder and underwent a four-hour operation to save his life following the attack in November 2006.

The Police Federation has branded the compensation offer from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) as a "miserable sum".

Paul Snape, deputy chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, said: "I haven't spoken to Geoff yet, but his colleagues at Wolverhampton feel demoralised by it."

Bailey, of Warnford Walk, Wolverhampton, was jailed for life at Birmingham Crown Court and told he must serve a minimum of 15 years for the attempted murder of PC King. the CICA said he could not comment on individual cases.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 22, 2008
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